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Petition to Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula

REVOKE TINDER RAPIST'S BAIL

Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula must revoke the bail of Glenn Antony Dylan Hartland. Hartland has pleaded guilty to three rapes and one sexual assault against four women. However, the Melbourne County Court allowed him to remain on bail until he is sentenced. The Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions did not oppose his bail.Dubbed the Tinder Rapist after using the popular dating app to find his victims, Glenn Antony Dylan Hartland two weeks ago pleaded guilty to raping three women and sexually assaulting a fourth. Yet he remains free on bail as he waits for his next scheduled court date — five months away in March. Hartland was initially charged with five counts of rape and multiple counts of indecent assault, false imprisonment, common law assault and breaching his bail by harassing his victims. Just one week before he was due to face trial on all of those charges, he made a deal with the Office of Public Prosecutions and pleaded guilty to three charges of rape and one of sexual assault. When his lawyer suggested his bail be extended, the OPP did not oppose the request. It is a surprising outcome considering the 44-year-old pleaded guilty to charges that attract a maximum prison term of 25 years. Hartland is a danger to women and his freedom means the four survivors of his brutal sexual violence are living in fear. The Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula must do everything in his power to reverse this decision and get Hartland behind bars. You can read more here: https://www.couriermail.com.au/rendezview/a-warning-to-the-women-of-australia/news-story/32af74f098e80765391ea41fe2c6b4ff

The RED HEART Campaign
938 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Rt Hon Sajid Javid

Justice For Ryan - Ryan's Law - Please help us to overturn a gross miscarriage of Justice!

Ryan’s Law.....   Please help us to overturn a gross miscarriage of justice. We are demanding a change in our Criminal Justice System to allow the right for victim’s families in serious crime cases to challenge and appeal serious “perverse” jury verdicts after acquittal. That is one that went against the law or against the evidence or which “no reasonable jury could have come to” Our story....... The sudden death of any young person is a profound, difficult, and extremely painful experience that causes severe distress and trauma to the parents, family, friends and the surrounding community. Sadly, our Ryan was brutally taken away from us in the early hours of Sunday 6th August 2017 due to being fatally stabbed to death in Chicago’s nightclub in Stourbridge.  Ryan was just aged 24 with his whole life ahead of him. Those who knew Ryan will know he was one of the kindest, loving, genuine and happiest of people you could ever wish to meet. He loved and lived life for his family and his friends. On the 6th February 2018 at Birmingham Crown Court, this country’s justice system let the man who admitted in front of a jury to stabbing & killing our Ryan walk free from court, without any punishment what so ever for his actions. He admitted in front of the jury to lying about being intoxicated at the time of stabbing Ryan CCTV captured him running out of the nightclub with friends. He then discarded the knife in undergrowth several miles away from the club which police later recovered His clothes and mobile phone have never been found He then went into hiding at a relatives flat The prosecution evidence presented to jury was overwhelming in support of a Murder conviction, so we the family & friends, along with the police and the prosecution legal team who provided really strong evidence and the whole of our community, cannot understand or comprehend how the jury got the decision “so devastatingly wrong” in returning a “Not Guilty” verdict and letting him walk free. What the Jury decided is it was not an offence to be in possession of a knife in a public place (a nightclub) and use it with such force that it penetrated through Ryan’s chest bone, fatally killing him and because he told the court "he did not intend to harm Ryan"...... then that is all ok then. You will not face any justice for killing Ryan? For us, it is very clear.... Ryan was murdered on the 6th August 2017.  The force and actions used was not reasonable or lawful in the circumstances? Our own MP - Margot James has written to the Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC, saying "It is incomprehensible to me that the jury could come to such a conclusion given the evidence and testimony available to them”. Our campaign for Justice...... We demand a change in our Criminal Justice System to allow the right for victims in serious crime cases to challenge and appeal “perverse” jury verdicts after acquittal. We invite the Prime Minister - Theresa May and the Home Secretary - Sajid Javid to change the current law to allow equal rights of appeal for both the prosecution and defence and to allow us appeal against the Jury's decision to a higher court At present the families of victims have no right of appeal against a perverse acquittal by a jury. It is currently not a fair or equal judicial system when a judge and jury can be held to be wrong when the accused has been convicted, but are infallible when the accused has been acquitted. The Court of Appeal can allow an appeal against conviction if they think a conviction is unsafe. Yet there are no current rights that allow an appeal if they think an acquittal is unsafe. We are appealing directly to Prime Minister Theresa May and Rt Hon Sajid Javid to immediately review the criminal justice system around perverse jury verdicts to maintain public confidence in our justice system and to ensure a fairer judicial system fit for the modern & democratic society will all live in today. We are calling for immediate changes and we propose that there should be a legal right of appeal in serious crime cases where an acquittal appeared to be due to a seriously perverse jury verdict. -  "That is one that went against the law or against the evidence or which “no reasonable jury could have come to". Previous Governments and the Courts have continually failed to learn any lessons from previous high profile acquittals in the past. These archaic rules against the appeal rights for victims of perverse acquittals are not fit and not acceptable in a modern democratic society such as ours that we live in today. Even going back to December 1999, the then Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, commissioned a review into the practices and procedures of the criminal courts. The review was conducted in 2001 by Lord Justice Auld and had as its stated objective that of ensuring that the courts deliver justice fairly. He campaigned to amend the Criminal Justice Act for reform of the trial system, including the recommendation that in “serious crime cases, perverse acquittal verdicts by juries should be subject to appeal”. Lord Justice Auld's recommendation was that both prosecution and defence lawyers should have the right to appeal against a perverse jury verdict. Lord Justice Auld was not proposing to abolish the jury system, but the proposal to subject perverse acquittal verdicts to review.  The right to trial by jury has a unique and vital role to play in our criminal justice system. But so too has the right to ensure a fair & equal justice system for both prosecution and defence. We believe a perverse jury verdict of not guilty is also a miscarriage of justice. The criminal justice system has failed to convict a person whose guilt has been demonstrated by testimony and evidence and is a breach of the social contract between the state and its citizens. It is a failure of the state to provide to its citizens the protection to which they are entitled against the criminal activities of others. In simple Human Rights terms, they are a breach of the Ryan's human rights. The Human Rights Act was written to promote fairness and equal civil rights under the law to all. Our Justice System already acknowledges that Jury’s can make wrong decisions as history has shown us with the number of unsafe convictions subsequently overturned at the court of appeal. So if we are to accept that Jury’s can make wrongful conviction decisions, then surely it is only right, fair and proper that we have to accept they can also make wrong decisions regarding acquittals? We are campaigning and asking the public for their support and to please get behind our campaign in order to help us deliver the rightful justice that Ryan deserves and also to protect victims from serious perverse jury verdicts in the future. We owe it not only to Ryan, but to the whole of our society and the communities that we all live in, that we fight to get this huge miscarriage of justice corrected. We will fight on.... We must do... to ensure the values of equality, fairness and accountability are maintained for all within our criminal justice system.  To help us make this change in law a reality, we ask you to please do the following: 1. Write to your Local MP and ask them to support our Justice For Ryan Campaign  2. Please sign and share this petition. 3. Please help us to raise vital funds needed so we can obtain the necessary legal representation to help fight our campaign. The Government cuts to legal aid have had a disastrous impact on so many normal people’s ability to access to justice.      You can donate by visiting https://www.gofundme.com/sh3fc-justice-for-ryan 4. Please follow our "Justice For Ryan" campaign on our social media sites Facebook & Twitter. We want to establish a longer term legacy in memory of our Ryan via his newly established charity. The Ryan Thomas Passey Foundation Charity (R.T.P.F.C) which has been established to reach out to local youth football teams and educate youngsters against the devastating effects of knife crime. I have no words that can even begin to describe the immense pain, torture and suffering that this devastating jury’s decision has had on Ryan’s Mom, Dad, family and friends, and together we can all make a stand and prevent anyone else from experiencing the pain and grief suffered from serious perverse jury acquittals. The rule of law and access to justice are fundamental to a healthy and functioning democratic society. To commit a crime such as to kill another human is to break a social rule so important to our shared values. A crime against one person is a wrong against us all. We should all receive equal treatment before the law. We should all have a say on what the law is, through our democratically elected representatives in Parliament. And we should have a fair and functioning corrective; an appellate system to step in when things go wrong!!! Thank you everyone for all your support. We'll keep you updated with our progress.  Please write any correspondence to: Justice For Ryan Campaign – 171 Lower High Street, Stourbridge. West Midlands DY8 1TG. Or email us at getjustice4ryan@gmail.com

Justice For Ryan
26,330 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to António Guterres, H.E. MR. ANTONIO GUTERRES, Adama Dieng, Ms Roselaur, Cyril Ramaphosa, Yolande Guthrie

END FARM MURDERS IN SOUTH AFRICA

PETITION TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UN, H.E. MR. ANTONIO GUTERRES TO END FARM MURDERS IN SOUTH AFRICA 26 October 2017 His Excellency, Mr Antonio Guterres, my name is Louis Michael Green and I am a pastor and a concerned citizen from Kraaifontein, Cape Town, South Africa. I am appealing to you to use your influence in the UN and throughout the world to help us in South Africa to end the scourge of farm killings in our country. We must end farm murders in South Africa before it is too late. Farmers throughout South Africa produce our fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat and without them, our nation will starve. At first, when I started this petition, I had one signature, my own. I was aiming for 100,000 signatures for this petition when I started but as a result of the fantastic response, i.e. 115,000 signatures in 6 days, I have decided to increase the target to 200,000 supporters. The huge response to my petition to STOP FARM MURDERS is an indication of the urgency of the matter and the public outcry in South Africa. At first, I intended to take the petition to the State President, Mr. Jacob Zuma, and our Minister of Police, but after much prayer and thinking, and after receiving hundreds of messages from farmers, family members who lost loved ones and many petitioners, I have decided to take our petition directly to you at THE UNITED NATIONS IN NEW YORK, the USA, and ask for an audience with you, the SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS, H.E. Mr Antonio Guterrez. Many of my petitioners believe it would be a waste of our time to take the petition to the State President, Mr Jacob Zuma, because he has done nothing about the farm murders since his election and he continues to do nothing. It would be a similar waste of time to take the petition to the Minister of Police, Mr. Fikile Mbalula, because he has been critical of the mass action on Black Monday, 30th of October, 2017, and he has not released the specific statistics of farm attacks and murders. We have great confidence in you as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, that you will be able to place our petition on the international agenda. If it is possible to have an independent commission of inquiry from the Commissioner of Human Rights violations into the FARM MURDERS in South Africa, we would also greatly appreciate this. We would, in the meantime, also petition our own government to demand an independent commission of inquiry into farm murders to investigate the root causes of such murders and a response from the present government (from the Ministry of Police) on what will be done to stop these murders with immediate effect. We will, however, not hand over the names of the 125,000 petitioners to the state for fear that the petitioners would be intimidated. However, we could say in our petition to our government that we refer to the 125,000 petitioners as verified by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and that the record is kept at the UN that would verify the veracity of the amount of our petitioners. I was encouraged when I saw what a young South African, Talitha Basson was doing when she mobilized thousands of farmers almost on her own using Facebook to mobilize them to united action in a march to Cape Town on 30th of October, 2017.  We are mindful that all murders everywhere in South Africa are reprehensible and should be stopped. Every murder, irrespective where it happens, is regrettable. However, the murder of farmers in our country does not only impact the loss of life but also has a snowball effect of robbing our nation of its food security. I am planning to follow the correct Parliamentary procedures to get this letter and the petition to the Speaker of Parliament, so I will seek out the help of an M.P. who bears the same burden, to also submit our petition to our own Parliament in South Africa. This matter has been debated in Parliament on several occasions without any effect. This is the reason why I felt we should appeal to international organs, like the UN. Perhaps, our government will give this matter its most urgent attention when our petition reaches your office and if it can be arranged our South African delegation coming to see you in New York would love an opportunity to discuss our report with the dossier containing our claims of human rights abuses with the UNHCR. I and all my petitioners trust God for a positive outcome to all our endeavours. Be Blessed Kind Regards Senior Suffragan Bishop Louis Michael Green A concerned South African Citizen Affiliated to The Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, South Africa

LOUIS GREEN
230,154 supporters